Will Frears

Sarah Lawrence College. Yale School of Drama. Film: Coach, All Saints’ Day (winner, best narrative short, Savannah Film Festival), Beloved. Off Broadway: Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown), Still Life (MCC), Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company), The Water's Edge (Second Stage), Pen (Playwrights Horizons), Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts), Where We’re Born and God Hates the Irish (both at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Get What You Need (Atlantic 453), and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Regional: Build at the Geffen Playhouse; Some Lovers at the Old Globe Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water's Edge, and A Servant of Two Masters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre); Omnium Gatherum (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Artistic Director: Yale Cabaret (1999-2000). Recipient of Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships. Contributor to The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and The London Review of Books. SLC, 2010–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Theatre

Directors Conference

Component—Fall

Directors Conference takes student directors through the course of full production—from prep to postmortem, how to have an idea and put it on stage, and how to cut and rework. Students will work on preproduction (ground plans, rehearsal schedules, casting, research) through the rehearsal process (strategies, time management, communication, making changes, tech) and, at the end of the semester, submit a production casebook demonstrating their work on the production and an assessment of their final product and process. The class is mandatory for all students directing on the Mainstage and will meet once a week, either as a group or in individual conference.

Faculty

Directing the 20th Century: From Chekhov to Churchill

Intermediate , Component—Year

This class will focus on directing plays in the 20th-century canon, covering a range of styles and content. It will cover the whole journey of directing a play, with a strong emphasis on practical work. Students will be required to bring in design research for plays and to direct scenes from the plays, both of which they will present to the class for critique. The class will focus on how to use the text to inform the choices made by the director.

Faculty

Graduate Courses

Theatre 2017-2018

Directing the 20th Century: From Chekhov to Churchill

Intermediate , Component—Year

This class will focus on directing plays in the 20th-century canon, covering a range of styles and content. It will cover the whole journey of directing a play, with a strong emphasis on practical work. Students will be required to bring in design research for plays and to direct scenes from the plays, both of which they will present to the class for critique. The class will focus on how to use the text to inform the choices made by the director.

Faculty

Directors Conference

Component—Fall

Directors Conference takes student directors through the course of full production—from prep to postmortem, how to have an idea and put it on stage, and how to cut and rework. Students will work on preproduction (ground plans, rehearsal schedules, casting, research) through the rehearsal process (strategies, time management, communication, making changes, tech) and, at the end of the semester, submit a production casebook demonstrating their work on the production and an assessment of their final product and process. The class is mandatory for all students directing on the Mainstage and will meet once a week, either as a group or in individual conference.

Faculty